Tips for keeping kids reading this summer:
1. Visit the public library
It’s free and children love choosing their own books to read. Remember, if the book your child chooses to read is too hard for them to read independently then read it to them or share the reading.
2. Internet fun
There are several websites which have free eBooks to read or will read to you, as well as fun games to play. Try these:
- Storytime with Ryan and Craig–These two stand up comedians read popular children’s books with a hilarious spin on them. The kids call them “those funny guys” and we have laughed so much this year with these read alouds. They add new books every week!
- Storyline Online (famous actors and actress read popular picture books)
- epic! is a wonderful resource for reading, but it is not free. However it is very inexpensive $7.99 per month (the first month is free!) for unlimited ebooks (fiction and non fiction for all ages), audio books, and educational videos plus they have a free 30 trial. Click here to learn more about this great resource.
3. Signs out and about
When you are out and about in the car or even out for a walk, see how many signs you can spot. Road signs, street signs, store signs and timetables… Read them together and talk about them.
Build a den or hideout with your child out of dark blankets or sheets. Ask your child to choose some books to take into the den to read. Don’t forget a flashlight – it’s exciting to read a book by flashlight!
5.Reading to other members of the family
Children love to share reading skills with family members so if you are visiting family, take some books with you so someone different can say how proud they are hearing your child read. It’s a good chance to show off!
6.Family meal times
Often during holiday time, families can spend longer over meal times or might visit a café or restaurant. Read the menu together while you are waiting for your food to arrive. Read the cereal box over breakfast. Or if you have friends visiting for a meal, get your child to create name plates for each person – make them fun and personal so each person feels special.
7.Postcards and cards
At special times of the year or celebrations, enjoy opening the mail together to read Christmas cards, birthday cards, or letters from family and friends. Ask family and friends to send your child postcards while they are away on vacation. Children love to read a postcard addressed to them. Don’t forget to send return post too – whether it’s snail mail or via technology.
8. Holiday scrapbook
During holiday time, collect items of interest and stick them all in a scrapbook or write a simple holiday diary. As you stick these items in, chat about your child’s choices and favorite things to do. You will have created a book full of happy memories that your child can read again and again. Your child’s teacher would also love to share this book with the class when school begins again!
9. Cooking your favorite dish
Does your child enjoy cooking? Find a recipe, read the list of ingredients together, visit the shops and read the food labels, and then support your child to read the instructions as you make your favorite recipe.
All children love to play outside on large play equipment. When you are in your garden or at the local park, don’t forget to play some fun games too. As your child comes down the slide or is swinging on a swing ask: What does slide begin with? What is a word beginning with t? Spell your name! Give me a word that rhymes with den!
The list of things to do could be endless and you are bound to have lots more ideas on how to have holiday reading fun.